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Home Generators vs. Commercial Generators

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 29, 2012

There are important differences in generators that people need to be aware of. Often people have no idea what type of portable generator they need. There are important difference in generators designed for personal and commercial use.
Residential generators are used mostly as:

  • As Emergency backup in power outages to run appliances, and
  • For recreational events like camping or tailgating
  • Typically, personal use generators run from 1000 to 8000 watts of output, and this is one of the most important considerations.
Commercial generators are most often used:
  • To run power tools on job sites where electricity is not available.
  • Power cords are more likely to be used with commercial generators
  • Commercial generators are used more throughout the year and for longer periods of time
  • Typically, commercial generators run from 3000-17000 watts of output.
But in commercial generators, the biggest concern is output, reliability, durability and ease of maintenance along with a larger fuel tank.

Watch the following video from Generac generators. For information, purchase or service of your generator, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

STIHL Backpack Blower Sprayer

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 22, 2012

It is weed and poison ivy season. You may have a cheap hand held sprayer that usually breaks every season which you purchased at a big box store. Don’t keep buying sprayers every year, buy one that will last and can handle more than one task. Spring, summer and fall, you need a blower and a sprayer. What if there was one piece of equipment that could do both? There is now.

The STIHL Backpack Blower Sprayer can be used for both liquids or solid insecticides, fertilizers, or herbicides. The low-emission, fuel-efficient STIHL Backpack Sprayer has a larger, more powerful engine that provides a spray range 20% wider than previous models, taking 20% less time to spray the same area. The backpack blower sprayer easily converts from misting to dusting applications without special tools or additional equipment, and air speed can be easily adjusted during use for greater application and less product waste. The STIHL Blower Sprayer can also be used as a backpack blower for debris cleanup.

With a larger and more powerful engine that provides a larger spray range as compared to previous models, a fuel-efficient engine and one-hand control, it is easy to use, and will last you through many season for many years.  Contact J & J Small Engine Clinic for more information.

Cut Your Lawn in Less Time

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 15, 2012

With the hectic schedule of families today, saving time on lawn maintenance is a priority. The Torro TimeCutter SS is a lawn mower that can dramatically cut your lawn mowing time and is easy enough for anyone to use.

Torro TimeCutter SS offers the speed and agility of a zero turn mower with greater control than ever before.

Nothing beats a zero turn lawn mower when it comes to maneuverability and speed. In fact, Torro TimeCutter SS owners have cut their lawn mowing time by 45%.

This lawn mower has features that you won't find on any other mower. Two of our favorites are:

  • Torro smart speed allows you to change speeds at a turn of lever.
  • Auto parking brake is set whenever the control arms are moved outward.

These Torro lawn mowers have been tested to ensure a long life. The Torro TimeCutter SS has been designed for power, performance and durability. Available in a three different sizes so you can choose the lawn mower that is right for you. Interested in a beautifully cut lawn in less time?  Contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

These Toro Lawn Mowers are Great for Your Lawn and Easy to Use

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 08, 2012

Looking for a great lawn mower that is a great value? The Toro Recycler lawn mower is a great choice. The Recycler has superior mulching capabilities, the high quality parts, and the high level performance expected from Toro lawn mowers.

These Toro Lawn Mowers have a 22" cutting width that allows you to cut more grass in less time. Also, the front wheels are recessed so you can cut 25% closer to trees, walls and lawn ornaments.With front wheel drive and an easy ability to tackle uneven terain, mowing your lawn is easier than ever.

If you are in the market for a new lawn mower watch the below video about the Toro Recycler lawn mower and buy local. Contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

How to Troubleshoot Your Lawn Mower

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 01, 2012

If your lawn mower won’t start, there are some common failures that you can troubleshoot on your own.  First make sure you have all the basics:

To run, your lawn mower needs to have good, clean fuel in the gas tank. If the gas is more than 30 days old, remove it. If you have a full tank of gas, you can use the old lawn mower gas in your car.

Make sure that your spark plug wire is attached to the plug.

It is a good idea to periodically take a look at your spark plug. Check the condition of the plug if the mower won’t start.

It could be fouled or oil soaked. If you are in doubt, you can just put in a new one, spark plugs are a fairly cheap part.

The other thing you can do is make sure that you are getting a spark. Put the plug wire on the spark plug and set the plug on the frame. Pull the rope to start the mower and you can see the spark. If you cannot, replace the plug.

Make sure the brake cable is functioning properly. You may have a stretched brake cable which is causing your lawn mower not to start. If you pull the brake, but you can pull the cable even more with your hand, and your mower starts, you know the cable is the culprit.

Your mower oil is critical. Make sure your oil is good quality and at the proper level.

If you have questions, or would prefer to have your lawn mower serviced, contact J&J Small Engine Clinic.

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